Sunday, November 2, 2008

Week of October 27th, 2008 (Fruit Cake Week)

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What a great week. I flew in from Botswana on Tuesday. I just love an 18 hour flight. Flew from Botswana to Frankfort, and then connected into Newark, New Jersey. I came back to the U.S. for several events. The big event this week is making fruit cake, next week Puerto Rico for a family retreat.

After landing in Newark I headed to Richmond, Virginia, I lived in Richmond about 20 years ago, I have some friends that still live, that I like to visit and catch up with. I lucked out and was able to borrow a Porsche 911 for the week. I had meet this guy when I was traveling in Peru a few years ago, he lived in Manhattan and told me if I was every in the area and needed to borrow a car he had a collection of unique cars and I could use one of them. I had no idea his collection included a 911 and that he would actually let me take it for the week.

When I left Newark it was snowing, not what I was expecting for October, as I headed south the weather cleared and warmed. I was visiting and staying with two friends John and Cliff, they are a gay couple I am fairly close with. Cliff works in the arcade industry and John makes candles. They make such a great couple, recently they adopted two little boys, one is 11 and the other is 8. The boys were so cute and insisted I drive them to school in the morning. They really wanted to drive in the Porsche and they also insisted I put the convertible top down even thought it was 42 degrees.

John’s candles are unique he makes them with all organic products, the base wax is made from soy, this is very important most candles are made from petroleum products, which omit green house gasses when burned, soy does not. To learn more or to order candles from John visit his website

I also visited a good friend or mine Sandy. Sandy meets every morning at 9:00 am with a group of house wives for coffee. Sandy invited me to join, or should I say I invited myself. This was a very interesting event I learned what house wives do all day. I thought they cooked and cleaned, but what they really do is, complain about their husbands, maids, personal trainers, and masseuses. Did you know most women rather have a female masseuse then a male one? It was great to meet these women and see what tough lives they have, compared to the women in Botswana, whose days are made up of chores.

I found a cool DISC golf course just outside Richmond and saw a band making a music video about DISC golf.

After my visit to Richmond I headed to Washington D.C. to have dinner with my brother “L” and his girl friend “JZ”. They have recently moved to the Capital Hill section of D.C. a very nice place that is very close to many of the Washington attractions.

From my brothers I headed to visit a long lost distant family relative. This was the main event for the week make 60 pounds of fruit cake. Yes you heard me correctly 60 pounds. When I got there a lot of the prep work had been done. All the fruit and nuts had been measured out into 6 different bowls. There was a bag of sugar and a bag of flour for each bowl, along with a pound of butter and a dozen eggs. As you can tell this is very healthy fruit cake, then the secret ingredient, high quality Bourbon, gallons of it. See pictures for complete recipe.

You take a cup of flour and add it to the fruit and nuts, mix with a spoon until lightly coated. At the same time in a mixer you mix the butter, remaining flour, a cup of bourbon, 12 egg yokes, until a smooth creamy texture. Then fold the batter into the fruit and nuts. Beat the egg whites and then fold into the batter. From here you fill your lightly greased pans and bake at 275 degrees about 1.5 hours until light brown, be sure to put a water bath in the bottom of the oven. After the cakes have cooled soak them in bourbon and wrap in plastic wrap. Let sit for 4 weeks in a cool dry place, basement, garage, in 4 weeks unwrap the cakes and soak in bourbon, refrigerate for 2 weeks. Your fruit cakes are now ready to eat.

After making the fruitcake, I head north to go play DISC golf with Larry, Larry is one of the guys I had gone hiking with in the Grand Teton Mountains. Larry happened to be in the U.S. we hooked up through my blog and decided to play some DISC golf. We played in Tyler State Park, which is in Newtown, PA. It is rated as one of the best DISC golf courses in the world.

I meet Larry in Delaware and he followed me up to Newtown. Larry was driving a Mercedes and had no ability what so ever to keep up with the Porsche I had borrowed. At one point we were going well over 140 MPH. (see picture)

As far as poker this week I only played 3 days for a total of 15.15 hours and continued my losing streak with a loss of $596.00 or $39.34 an hour. I continued to play poor poker. The travel these two weeks will do me some good as my poker play will be limited. Below are two hands one shows very good play the other shows very poor play. One thing you MUST remember when you play poker is that the average hand in poker when you play all the way to the river is 2 pair. So if you have a hand that is less then 2 pair and you go to the river, there is a good chance you have lost since you have a below average hand.

This first hand I played very well and my opponent play very bad. The second hand I can not say the same.

POKERSTARS GAME #21562304150: HOLD'EM NO LIMIT ($1/$2) - 2008/10/28 - 10:18:47 (ET)Table 'Polana' 9-max
Seat #7 is the button
Seat 2: Belok ($209.75 in chips)
Seat 3: micula213 ($197 in chips)
Seat 4: DUG ($200.30 in chips)
Seat 6: SaVasH ($203 in chips)
Seat 7: LankeyMankey ($280.20 in chips)
Seat 8: allstars6 ($226.40 in chips)
Seat 9: pryssing ($132.80 in chips)
allstars6: posts small blind $1
pryssing: posts big blind $2
13_Xerxes_13: sits out
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to DUG [7s 7d]
What I am playing for here is to hit a set three 7’s
Belok: raises $4 to $6
micula213: folds
DUG: calls $6
SaVasH: folds
LankeyMankey: folds
allstars6: raises $16 to $22
He is the small blind so there is about a 50% chance he is stealing or he has AK, QQ, JJ. If he had KK or AA he would raise but not that much as he would want some action (caller)
pryssing: folds
Belok: folds
DUG: calls $16 The pot is now $48 so it is $16 more for me to call that is better then 2 to 1 odds and if he has AK I am ahead right now. Also I will have position after the flop (last to act)
*** FLOP *** [Ks 4s 7h] Very good flop for me. I hit a set and if he has AK he will play this hard.
allstars6: bets $33
DUG: raises $33 to $66 The Pot was $78 and he only bet $33 that is less then half the pot that tells me he wants a call. There is a Flush draw but if he has one of the hands I think he has, AK, QQ, JJ he can not have 2 spades. So I will make a little raise to help build the pot. He could have KK, but that just means the poker gods are after me today.
allstars6: raises $138.40 to $204.40 and is all-in Perfect, he has AK
DUG: calls $112.30 and is all-in Easy call.
Uncalled bet ($26.10) returned to allstars6
*** TU RN *** [Ks 4s 7h] [9h]
*** RIVER *** [Ks 4s 7h 9h] [Qd]
*** SHOW DOWN ***
allstars6: shows [Ad Kh] (a pair of Kings)
DUG: shows [7s 7d] (three of a kind, Sevens)
DUG collected $405.60 from pot Happy with that pot.
*** SUMMARY ***Total pot $408.60 Rake $3 Board [Ks 4s 7h 9h Qd]
Seat 2: Belok folded before Flop
Seat 3: micula213 folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 4: DUG showed [7s 7d] and won ($405.60) with three of a kind, Sevens
Seat 6: SaVasH folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 7: LankeyMankey (button) folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 8: allstars6 (small blind) showed [Ad Kh] and lost with a pair of Kings
Seat 9: pryssing (big blind) folded before Flop

Now here is a hand I should have remembered that the average winning hand when you go to show down is 2 pair. I did not have 2 pair so the chances were good I was going to lose.

POKERSTARS GAME #21561841484: HOLD'EM NO LIMIT ($1/$2) - 2008/10/28 - 09:48:28 (ET)Table 'Ilos' 9-max
Seat #5 is the button
Seat 1: 10centsshort ($91.95 in chips)
Seat 2: 99killed ($372 in chips)
Seat 3: DUG ($210.55 in chips)
Seat 4: Annalehna ($123.55 in chips)
Seat 5: snakeyeste ($31.65 in chips)
Seat 6: mark98 ($74.25 in chips)
Seat 7: Dr. Fells ($203 in chips)
Seat 8: riotKIDS ($98.40 in chips)
Seat 9: katuwo ($262.35 in chips)
mark98: posts small blind $1
Dr. Fells: posts big blind $2
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to DUG [Ad Kh]
riotKIDS: folds
katuwo: folds
10centsshort: folds
99killed: folds
DUG: raises $4 to $6 Standard Raise hope for a caller, if I do not hit I will let it go.
Annalehna: folds
snakeyeste: folds
mark98: raises $4 to $10 Might have AA or KK, small raise says he wants action.
Dr. Fells: folds
DUG: calls $4 Have to call.
*** FLOP *** [Jh Kc 7h] Good flop for me unless he has AA, KK or maybe JJ.
mark98: bets $8 This should have warned me he had something.
DUG: calls $8 This call was a mistake but I am ok with it.
*** TURN *** [Jh Kc 7h] [4d]
mark98: bets $14 He says he really has something.
DUG: calls $14 I should fold here fast. All I have is a Pair.
*** RIVER *** [J h Kc 7h 4d] [2c]
mark98: bets $42.25 and is all-in He is saying you idiot I have a very good hand.
DUG: calls $42.25 I am saying you are correct I am an idiot. This was a very dumb call. This cost me about $75.00 not a good move.
*** SHOW DOWN ***
mark98: shows [Jd Jc] (three of a kind, Jacks)
DUG: mucks hand mark98 collected $147.50 from pot
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $150.50 Rake $3 Board [Jh Kc 7h 4d 2c]
Seat 1: 10centsshort folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 2: 99killed folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 3: DUG mucked [Ad Kh]
Seat 4: Annalehna folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 5: snakeyeste (button) folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 6: mark98 (small blind) showed [Jd Jc] and won ($147.50) with three of a kind, Jacks
Seat 7: Dr. Fells (big blind) folded before Flop
Seat 8: riotKIDS folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 9: katuwo folded before Flop (didn't bet)

That is it for the week.



1 comment:

Anonymous said...

OKAY………I do not meet for coffee everyday. I usually meet once or twice a month!!!!!! We like our time to complain so we can be happy when we go home and not kill our husbands and children. Glad to see you made it home safely,

P.S. You could have mentioned our run and how the two fat people are getting thinner.